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Refugees International’s Advisory Council is comprised of 31 extraordinary individuals involved in international refugee and humanitarian issues in the United States and around the world. Advisory Council members include many of America’s most distinguished former diplomats and national security officials, prominent international figures involved in human rights and humanitarian issues, and refugees and former refugees who are engaged in humanitarian policy issues. Advisory Council members will advance the mission of Refugees International by providing guidance and advice on policy, practice, and advocacy to the Refugees International staff and board of directors. Detailed biographies are below.

 

J. Brian Atwood

Senior Fellow for International Studies and Public Affairs, Thomas Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Former Under Secretary of State for Management, U.S. Department of State

Reuben E. Brigety II

Dean, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union

R. Nicholas Burns

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Greece

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Former UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

Lorne Craner

Former President and CEO, American Councils for International Education
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Former Member, National Security Staff

Ryan Crocker

Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University
Senior Fellow, Yale University
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Lebanon
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Arthur “Gene” Dewey

Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Erika Feller

Professional Fellow, Melbourne University School of Government
Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees

Avril Haines

Senior Research Scholar, Columbia World Projects
Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Victoria K. Holt

Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Abdi Iftin

Author, Call Me American

Tun Khin

President, Burmese Rohingya Organization UK

Lucy Kiama

Country Director, HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

David J. Kramer

Senior Fellow, Vaclav Havel Program on Human Rights & Diplomacy, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Mark Lagon

Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Andrea Lari

Founder, Integritas International Advisors
Former Director of Programs, Refugees International

Mark Malloch-Brown

Former Administrator, UNDP
Former UN Deputy Secretary General

Kati Marton

Author, journalist, and human rights advocate
Former Chief Advocate, Office of Special Representatives for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations

Elisa Massimino

Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University
Former President and CEO, Human Rights First

Juan Mendez

Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence and Faulty Director, Anti-Torture Initiative, American University
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment

William L. Nash

Major General, U.S. Army (retired)

Augustin Ntabaganyimana

Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Department of Human Services
Former State Refugee Coordinator for Maryland

Thomas Pickering

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan, and El Salvador, and the United Nations
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Samantha Power

Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Anne C. Richard

Adjunct Professor, Institute for the Study of Migration, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

Hiram Ruiz

Former Director of Refugee Services for the State of Florida

Hala Al-Sarraf

Executive Director, Iraq Health Access Organization

Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Director of the Critical Issues Poll, University of Maryland

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Senior Vice President, Africa Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group
Former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

Joan Timoney

Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission

Anne A. Witkowsky

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense